BrightSpring Health Services / May 11, 2023
BrightSpring Chief Clinical Officer Susan Sender and Vice President of Enterprise Talent Operations Maria Schaefer discuss the mental health crises, burnout and staff shortages in nursing in the /LEAD with Indeed article, “Your Nurses Are Burned Out. Now What?”
A mental health crisis among America’s nurses is fueling a cycle of burnout, turnover, and staffing shortages. The ripple effects reach from individual practitioners and their patients to entire health systems.
“I have never experienced anything like the staffing shortages, stress and burnout as I have during and post COVID,” says Susan Sender, chief clinical officer at BrightSpring Health Services and a 35-year veteran of post-acute health care in both nursing and clinical leadership roles.
Maria Schaefer, vice president of enterprise talent operations at BrightSpring Health, says that even though health care organizations are going to great lengths to attract nurses, many are often unable to hold onto them. “Nurses are leaving their jobs because of a combination of greater work demands with inadequate staff, and competing employers are doing whatever it takes to attract nurses.”
Above all, Sender says, it’s important to be proactive in addressing nurses’ work wellbeing needs.
“Whether nurses reach out to us or not, we have to take care of them,” Sender says. “We need to take care of the people who take care of the people we’re responsible for.”
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